Word of the Day: EXPOSE

ex·pose  verb \ik-ˈspōz\

: to leave (something) without covering or protection

: to cause (someone) to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something

: to reveal (something hidden, dishonest, etc.)


Full Definition of EXPOSE

transitive verb
1a :  to deprive of shelter, protection, or care :  subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <expose troops needlessly> <has not yet been exposed to measles>

 b :  to submit or make accessible to a particular action or influence <expose children to good books>; especially :  to subject (a sensitive photographic film, plate, or paper) to radiant energy
 c :  to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
2a :  to make known :  bring to light (as something shameful)

 b :  to disclose the faults or crimes of <expose a murderer>
3:  to cause to be visible or open to view :  display: as

 a :  to offer publicly for sale
 b :  to exhibit for public veneration
 c :  to reveal the face of (a playing card) or the cards of (a player’s hand)
 d :  to engage in indecent exposure of (oneself)
ex·pos·er noun

Examples of EXPOSE

  1. The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath.
  2. Undercover investigators exposed the scam.
  3. They threatened to expose him.

Origin of EXPOSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French exposer, from Latin exponere to set forth, explain (perfect indicative exposui), from ex- + ponere to put, place — more at position

First Known Use: 15th century

Related to EXPOSE

debunk, nail, show up, uncloak, uncover, undress, unmask, blow the whistle on
camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask


noun \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\

: a news report or broadcast that reveals something illegal or dishonest to the public

Full Definition of EXPOSÉ

1:  a formal statement of facts
2:  an exposure of something discreditable <a newspaper exposé of government corruption>

Variants of EXPOSÉ

ex·po·sé also ex·po·se

Examples of EXPOSÉ

  1. a newspaper exposé of government corruption
  2. The show aired an exposé on the candidate’s financial indiscretions.

Origin of EXPOSÉ

French exposé, from past participle of exposer

First Known Use: 1803


transitive verb \ik-ˈspōz\   (Medical Dictionary)


Medical Definition of EXPOSE

1: to make liable to or accessible to something (as a disease or environmental conditions) that may have a detrimental effect <children exposed to diphtheria>
2: to lay open to view: as a : to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionist b : to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection

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